Highlights of the war in Ukraine: the EU ready to release 500 million euros for the purchase of arms from Ukraine

The war between Russia and Ukraine entered its 43rd day on Thursday with the United States announcing new sanctions targeting Russia’s biggest banks and the daughters of President Vladimir Putin. US President Joe Biden on Wednesday again accused Putin of committing “major war crimes” and called for an investigation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meanwhile, has accused Russia of trying to hide evidence of war crimes to interfere with the international investigation.

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The Ukrainian government reiterated that Russian forces are preparing for a new assault on the regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk and urged residents to leave these areas immediately. “It is necessary now because people will be under fire and threatened with death,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a statement. “It is necessary to evacuate while it is still possible,” he added.

Without condemning Putin, China’s envoy to the United Nations expressed dismay at the killing of unarmed civilians in Bucha, which Russia has repeatedly denied killing civilians, dismissing documentation of the deaths.

Italy has said it would back a European Union ban on Russian gas if the bloc is united behind the idea – which it currently is not. Meanwhile, the Russian ruble has recovered to its pre-invasion level.

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  • Apr 08, 2022 01:32 IST

    EU ready to release 500 million euros for the purchase of arms from Ukraine

    The European Union said Thursday evening that it was ready to release 500 million euros for the purchase of arms from Ukraine.

  • Apr 07, 2022 11:37 PM IST

    26 bodies found under 2 buildings in the town of Borodianka

    The Ukrainian government said on Thursday that 26 bodies had been found under two ruined buildings in the town of Borodianka, in the Kyiv region.

  • Apr 07, 2022 10:58 p.m. IST

    G7 countries agree new economic sanctions against Russia

    The industrialized countries of the Group of Seven on Thursday imposed new sanctions on Russia following “appalling atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces” against civilians in Ukraine, AFP reported.

    G7 leaders agreed to ban “new investment in key sectors of the Russian economy, including the energy sector”, they said in a statement, while expanding bans on the export of certain products and tightening the screws on Russian banks and public companies.

  • Apr 07, 2022 9:30 p.m. IST

    UN General Assembly suspends Russia from Human Rights Council, AFP reports

    The UN General Assembly has suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council, reports AFP. Read more

  • Apr 07, 2022 7:23 p.m. IST

    Ukraine tells NATO members to send in weapons before it’s ‘too late’

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Thursday he expected NATO members to send kyiv the weapons it needs, but insisted they needed to act quickly before Russia launches another major offensive.

    “Either you help us now and I’m talking about days, not weeks, or your help will come too late. And a lot of people will die, a lot of civilians will lose their homes, a lot of villages will be destroyed. Exactly because this help came too late,” AFP quoted Kuleba as saying after his meeting with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

  • Apr 07, 2022 6:22 p.m. IST

    France summons Russian envoy over Bucha tweet

    France has summoned the Russian ambassador for his tweet suggesting that images of civilians killed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha were staged. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the tweet “indecent”, AP reported.

    Thursday’s tweet, later deleted but already picked up by many French media outlets, showed a street in Bucha with a knocked out tank and many journalists, under the caption “film set”.

  • April 07, 2022 3:57 PM IST

    Ukraine warns of ‘last chance’ to flee Russian attacks in east

    A Ukrainian official in the east of the county has warned remaining residents that time is running out to flee growing Russian attacks. “These few days may be the last chance to leave,” Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday wrote to residents on Facebook. “All towns in the Lugansk region are under enemy fire. One person was killed as a result of a shelling this morning in Kreminna,” he added, referring to a town in the region with approximately 20,000 inhabitants.

  • April 07, 2022 3:21 p.m. IST

    Kremlin says it will decide on Putin’s participation in G20 depending on how events unfold

    The Kremlin has said it will decide whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a G20 summit later this year in Indonesia depending on how events develop. “We will clarify this, after all Indonesia is the host,” Peskov said.

  • April 07, 2022 1:23 p.m. IST

    Hungary receives nuclear fuel from Russia by air: Foreign Minister

    Hungary received the first shipment of nuclear fuel for its Paks nuclear power plant from Russia on Wednesday by plane, after the war in Ukraine made rail transport impossible, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday. .

    Szijjarto reiterated that Hungary rejects any sanctions on Russian oil and gas, adding that imposing sanctions on nuclear energy-related activities is also a “red line” for Hungary.

  • Apr 07, 2022 12:19 PM IST

    Ukraine behind ‘crude and cynical provocations’ in Bucha: Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses Ukrainian authorities of being behind “crude and cynical provocations” in Bucha, with Moscow denying any responsibility.

  • Apr 07, 2022 12:01 a.m. IST

    “Looking for long-term solutions” in an ongoing conflict: Ukraine

    The search for long-term solutions that will allow Ukraine to prevail in the future, says the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, reports the Reuters news agency.

  • April 07, 2022 11:24 a.m. IST

    Ukraine FM tells NATO allies to give kyiv all the weapons ‘it needs’

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday called on NATO members to provide kyiv with all the weapons it needs to fight Russia.

    “My agenda is very simple. It has only three points. Its weapons, its weapons and its weapons,” Kuleba told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

    “I call on all allies to put aside their hesitations, their reluctance, to provide Ukraine with everything it needs,” he said during a meeting with the foreign ministers of Ukraine. ‘alliance.

  • April 07, 2022 11:10 a.m. IST

    ‘Work hard to prevent escalation’: NATO’s Stoletenberg

    NATO’s Stoletenberg said on Thursday he was working hard to prevent the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

  • April 07, 2022 10:26 a.m. IST

    Zelenskyy accuses Russia of trying to hide evidence of war crimes

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of trying to hide evidence of war crimes to interfere with the international investigation.

    “It seems Russian leaders were really afraid that the global anger over what was seen in Bucha would be repeated after what was seen in other cities,” Zelenskyy said in his daily nightly video address to the nation. Wednesday evening.

  • Apr 07, 2022 9:42 a.m. IST

    US Senate to Pass Legislation Calling for End of Trade Relations with Russia

    The US Senate will pass legislation on Thursday to end normal trade relations with Russia and ban imports of its oil. Both bills have been bogged down in the Senate, frustrating lawmakers who want to bolster the US response to Russia’s war with Ukraine.

  • Apr 07, 2022 08:48 IST

    Ukraine slams countries for prioritizing money over punishment for civilian killings

    Ukraine wants sanctions economically destructive enough for Russia to end its war after Ukraine accused some countries of always prioritizing money over punishment for killing civilians the West condemns as war crimes.

  • Apr 07, 2022 8:17 a.m. IST

    “The United States will boycott the G20 meetings if…”: Yellen

    The US will boycott “a number of G20 meetings” if Russian officials show up, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said.

  • Apr 07, 2022 07:53 IST

    Fighting intensifies in eastern regions

    The eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk are seeing the worst fighting after the withdrawal of Russian forces from around Kyiv.

  • April 07, 2022 07:15 IST

    Russia says US sanctions on its banks are a blow to ordinary people: report

    US sanctions against two of Russia’s largest banks are “a direct blow to the Russian people (and) ordinary citizens,” Tass news agency said on Wednesday, quoting the US ambassador to Russia.

    Anatoly Antonov made the remarks after Washington – seeking to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine – hit Sberbank, which owns a third of Russia’s total banking assets, and Alfabank, the fourth-largest financial institution.

  • Apr 07, 2022 06:28 IST

    US senator hails India’s condemnation of Bucha killings

    A powerful Republican senator on Wednesday hailed India’s condemnation of the killing of Ukrainians in Bucha by the Russian military, calling it a “hardening of the stance” of the country. As India steps up its contacts with the United States Capitol, India’s Senate Caucus Co-Chair, Senator John Cornyn, who has so far criticized India’s abstention in Security Council votes from the UN on the Russia issue, welcomed India’s remarks on the issue.

  • Apr 07, 2022 06:09 IST

    Ukrainian president orders official halt to trade with Russia

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed the government to formalize the cessation of trade between Ukraine and Russia, the presidential press service said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Import and export operations between Ukraine and Russia have been completely halted since the start of the conflict, the statement said.

  • April 07, 2022 05:45 IST

    UN to vote on Russia’s suspension from Human Rights Council: report

    The United Nations General Assembly will vote on Thursday on Russia’s suspension from the Human Rights Council, AFP news agency reported, citing an official it did not identify.

  • Apr 07, 2022 05:42 IST

    The ruble erases losses due to invasion, circumvents default risks and sanctions

    The Russian ruble erased the heavy losses it suffered in the weeks following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The currency rose above 81.16 to the US dollar in Moscow trading, the level at which it closed on February 23 – the day before Putin’s attack was launched.

    The ruble’s gains on Wednesday came even as the European Union and the United States coordinated a new round of sanctions against Russia, while the Finance Ministry said its attempt to service the dollar debt had been blocked. , potentially bringing the country closer to default.

Martin E. Berry